Why ‘Criminal Minds’ is no longer Cook-ing
Q: Why did A.J. Cook leave “Criminal Minds”? — David McCord, Federal Way, Wash. A: The producers opted not to pick up her contract for the CBS crime drama, sparking more than a bit of protest from fans of the show when it happened. Cook did appear in the season’s first couple of episodes to wrap up the story of her character, JJ, and that reportedly was a direct result of the outcry by audience members. Since her departure from “Criminal Minds,” Cook turned up in an episode of NBC’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” that also featured Jeremy Irons.
Q: What ever happened to “The Starter Wife” with Debra Messing? I had anticipated more but lost track. — Rachelle Tucker,
Columbus, Ohio A: Depending on how much you saw, you may have seen all there was to see. After the favorable reception given the 2007 miniseries based on Gigi Levangie Grazer’s novel, USA Network ordered a weekly version — in which Messing continued in the central role — that ultimately lasted only one season (2008-09).
Q: Marlee Matlin recently guest starred on “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” Is the man who interpreted for her the same man who has been with her for years, going all the way back to the series she did with Mark Harmon years ago? I can’t remember the name of the show.
— Carole Zeiher, Kenmore, N.Y. A: That NBC series was titled “Reasonable Doubts,” and yes, Jack Jason has been “Children of a Lesser God” Oscar winner Matlin’s longtime interpreter both oncamera and off. He’s by her side again as she currently participates in the just-started season of NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice.”
Q: Will the Jerry Seinfeld-produced series “The Marriage Ref” be coming back? — Stephanie Brake,
Galesburg, Ill. A: It was, but NBC changed its plans. The show was set to return this month, but the network decided to give the time period to “America’s Next Great Restaurant” instead. At this writing, there was no definite word on when the series will resurface.
Q: Why do they keep running reruns of the new “Hawaii Five-0”? I love the show but am really sick of reruns of it this early in the game. — Dot Foster,
Fulton, Mo. A: As we typically do with questions of this nature, we direct you to the phrase “Do the math.” A series generally has 22 new episodes per television season; a television season has roughly 39 weeks, so ... do the math. There aren’t enough new episodes for every week of the season, so yes, there will be repeats.
In defense of CBS and “Hawaii Five-0,” though, the show had a healthy run of fresh episodes before it reverted to repeats. The network also wants to save some of the remaining new episodes for the end of the season. Therefore, expect some more repeats over the coming weeks.
Q: I was surprised at the ending of the season finale of “Life Unexpected.” Is the show returning for a third season? — Leslie Thornton,
McDonald, Ohio A: It seems unlikely, though at this writing, The CW had not yet given the show an official cancellation notice. One has to acknowledge it doesn’t look good for a show when its episode order has been cut and its season finale moved up to January — nor when its creator-producer (in this case, Liz Tigelaar) has signed a deal with another network (ABC). The fat lady hasn’t sung yet, but fans of “Life” should be advised not to get their hopes too high.
Q: What has happened to Rick Sanchez of CNN?
— Mary Nicotra, Flushing, N.Y. A: He and the cable news network parted ways at the start of October, right after the newsman made discriminationrelated comments on a satellite radio show. Sanchez also targeted “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart in his remarks.
The next day, CNN issued a statement that read, in its entirety, “Rick Sanchez is no longer with the company. We thank Rick for his years of service and we wish him well.” In his time with the network, Sanchez was very active on Twitter, incorporating it into his telecasts — and he remains so, without having a regular television platform currently.
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A.J. Cook was dropped from the cast of “Criminal Minds.”